RANDAZZO, Sicily — Chiara Vigo was just a young girl at the time, but the eruption of Mount Etna in 1981 is burned into her memory.
Her parents grew grapes, olives and hazelnuts on roughly 150 acres in the Etna foothills near the Alcantara River. A glowing cascade of lava as tall as an 18-wheeler and as wide as an avenue snaked toward the estate, scalding anything in its path. It was pointed directly at the estate’s vineyard and main house.
The lava approached the grounds two days after the eruption.